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3.9 out of 5

"Stayed a night with my 12 yr old son after attending a sports event. Had low expectations as was on a budget and aimed for the lowest cost twin room I ... " More

By a verified traveller on Mon 06 Aug 2018

Hotel Description

At The Village Surry Hills you'll be within a 20-minute stroll of popular places like Capitol Theatre and Crown Street.

You can enjoy WiFi and digital TV, featured in all 42 shared rooms.

This hostel has barbecues, a picnic area and tour/ticket assistance. Additionally, you'll find WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. There's also the convenience of an airport shuttle.

Attractions within a 20-minute walk of this Surry Hills hostel include Powerhouse Museum and Paddy's Market.

Basic Room, Non Smoking, Shared Bathroom (Twin basic)

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
AU$57 per night

10 Bed Dorm, Private Bathroom

Bed Count room.options.bedSize.BunkBed.Singular Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Basic Shared Dormitory, Non Smoking, Shared Bathroom (4 Bed Dorm Basic Share)

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Standard Shared Dormitory, Non Smoking (4 Bed Share Dorm Ensuite)

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Standard Double Room, Private Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Room, Non Smoking (Twin Ensuite)

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

The Village Surry Hills ratings based on 101 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.9 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The Village Surry Hills

Everyone (83) Couples (6) Students (1) Family (10) Other (1)
1 out of 5
The kitchen was never clean no matter what time of day, I’d have to clean down the benches before I felt I could safely prepare food. Worse of all was the shower. It was filthy when I arrived and never once got cleaned the whole week I was there. The bed sheets were freshly laundered. The facilities were lovely but no one seemed to care about cleanliness. I know some backpackers act like piglets but the management set the tone by not presenting the place clean in the first place

Posted by on 17 Feb. 2019

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3 out of 5
Good room. Great for a night or two. Everything i needed and was happy sharing a bathroom as it was close and clean

Posted by on 2 Feb. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

5 Feb. 2019 by Ellen

Thank you for your feedback, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us at The Village Surry Hills!

4 out of 5


Stayed a night with my 12 yr old son after attending a sports event. Had low expectations as was on a budget and aimed for the lowest cost twin room I could find at the last minute. Was surprised by the room cleanliness, staff professionally and good night's sleep we both had. Twin room had a little ensuite which was in good condition. Overall, good value and a pleasant surprise.

Posted by , from Central Coast NSW on 6 Aug. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

10 Sep. 2018 by The Village Team

Hi Trent, Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at The Village Surry Hills and we hope to see you again soon.

4 out of 5

Alright hostel to get by

Pros: Breakfast was quite good with Nutella, vegemite and jams.
Cons: There were two unused mouse traps and a dead cockroach just laying there on the stairs that lead to the eating area.
The hostel is alright. Staff are awesome. Building is a bit run down. I stayed in a 5-share female dorm and the room was clean for just one night and the cleaners had come that day so I was lucky.

Posted by , from Melbourne on 17 Feb. 2017

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5 out of 5

Great Backpackers close to the city

Pros: Great staff, nice clean comfortable room, nice amenities, easy place to stay
Cons: All good
Location: Closet o central, sporting events, good food and pubs
Stayed in a double private room with en-suite. great staff, nice clean comfy room, close to town, rail and sporting events with a great park across the road. Everything was good

Posted by , from Coffs Habrour on 24 Jan. 2017

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4 out of 5

Nice hostel in great location

Pros: Air con, new bathroom
Cons: Staff didn't seem to know where all the rooms were. Some powerboards were not working.
Location: Across the road from a beautiful park, extremely close to the CBD but not too busy/noisy
This is a decent hostel, with some rooms newly renovated. It has everything you need, and is a very good price for what it is.

Posted by , from Brussels on 16 Dec. 2016

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1 out of 5

Just terrible

So hard to believe this room is in the same building and is the same price as the one I last stayed in. Awful. Especially having to go up or down a flight of stairs for the toilet.

Posted by , from H on 11 Dec. 2016

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3 out of 5
Location: Easy walk to all facilities. Park and pool across the road.lots of eating places down the road.
It is a back packers hotel which I didnt know when booking, overal a realy nice place, Best was the park across the road.

Posted by on 9 Nov. 2016

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1 out of 5

Please don't stay here

I'm not staying here ever again. It wasn't that there was one terrible thing about this hostel, it was everything. Checkin took half an hour due to the incompetenence of the one staff member at the desk. I wasn't given a towel, and was informed that the wifi would cut out after 24 hours, even though I was staying two nights. The lock didn't work on the bathroom door and had three people walk in on me. In addition, the bathroom had a window to the outside and twice caught people looking in on me. It was awful and I felt terribly violated. The kitchen was locked up and inaccessible before 8am and the signage to find other bathrooms meant I just had to give up. Check out took another fifteen minutes. All in all, a terrible experience.

Posted by , from Melbourne, Australia on 4 Nov. 2016

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3 out of 5

Simple overnighter

Pros: The accommodation was close to everything I was interested in.
Cons: The building was a bit a of a rabbit warren, it took me several few minutes to actually find my room.

Posted by on 5 Oct. 2016

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Property Features

As a guest of The Village Surry Hills, you'll find tour or ticket assistance, a BBQ, and multilingual staff. WiFi is available in public spaces for a fee. The Village Surry Hills also features a picnic area and laundry facilities. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this Surry Hills hostel.

  • 42 guestrooms or units
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Staff members are multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Smoking in designated areas


Available in all rooms: WiFi (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: WiFi (surcharge)


  • Airport: Sydney, NSW (SYD-Kingsford Smith Intl.) (8.9 km / 5.5 mi)
  • Train station: Sydney Redfern Station (0.7 km / 0.4 mi)
  • Metro station: Redfern Station (0.7 km / 0.4 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle
  • Parking:

Room Amenities

The Village Surry Hills offers 42 forms of shared accommodation which are air-conditioned, accessible via exterior corridors and feature shared/communal kitchens. Digital televisions are provided. Rooms have partially open bathrooms. Bathrooms include a shower. In-room wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. An iron/ironing board and hairdryers can be requested.

  • Accommodations are shared
  • Bathrooms are partially open
  • Communal kitchen
  • Digital channels
  • Shower
  • Hairdryer available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Climate control (air conditioning)

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 5 AM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 5 AM.
If you are planning to arrive after 5 AM, please contact the property at least 24 hours in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.

This hotel will charge a 2% credit card or debit card fee for any reservation deposits or bookings where payment for the stay will be made on site instead of at the time of booking. For more details, please contact the office using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 8 AM - 5 AM.
Guests arriving after 5 AM must contact the property at least 24 hours prior to arrival using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guest room reservation.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • Noise-free rooms not guaranteed
  • No lifts


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: AUD 3 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: AUD 3 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Airport shuttle fee: AUD 22 per person (one way)
  • On-site credit card charges are subject to a surcharge

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • VLA Surry Hills Hostel
  • VLA Hostel
  • VLA Surry Hills

You should know

  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Alcohol isn't served at The Village Surry Hills.